Every Captain Swan Moment
↳ 2x06 - Tallahassee
The best and most telling part about this scene—besides the obvious amazingness of “No, it’s not”— is that in spite her exasperation act, Emma actually ALLOWS HIM TO TAKE CARE OF HER. Emma Swan, Miss I Rely On No One But My Own Badass Self, takes a moment to let herself be taken care of. To lean, just for a second. This, as we know, sets the precedent for what becomes a pattern for them. Hook always caring about her well-being first and foremost, and Emma allowing herself to trust and look to him for help. Him surprising her by being helpful and steady. Him adding to her life in a good way, making her smile. A lot. Him making her his utmost priority. Which no one ever really has. And it doesn’t matter that is takes them a while after this to progress further, because the foundation is laid.
She does this even at the bottom of the beanstalk too, though. When he tells her to put her hand on his shoulder, she could very easily say no. She could take the bracer and put it on her own goddamn arm, but noooo. She grabs his shoulder and stands there while he pats her hand, calls her “good girl”, lingers while putting it on I MEAN.
Emma has this tendency to kind of just quietly let Hook make advances. When it goes too far she stops it easily (“I’m not in the mood”), but otherwise from the beginning she kind of sits there and watches him. At first she’s humoring him, rolling her eyes - but then you see her getting really affected, more and more as time goes by.
And eventually, she’s not just letting him initiate moments of closeness like this, she’s expecting them, maybe even counting on them. If you’re talking about letting herself lean: at first she lets him put her hand on his shoulder, then she lets him bandage her, then she’s sitting by his hospital bed, then she’s drinking with him, then she’s cozying up while they read the map, then she’s grabbing him by the lapels and kissing the holy hell out of him… then, even after she pulls back after that, she’s already in the habit of leaning. She asks for and clearly wants his reassurance, she calls out for him when he’s in danger, she looks to him at the diner when he’s no longer constantly at her side.
It’s not just Emma letting Hook take care of her, it’s a continual process of her coming to rely on it and want it - of course she can manage without him, but she finds herself not expecting to have to and most importantly not wanting to have to, hence all the looks/severe jealousy when he backs off in Storybrooke. Hence saying “good” upon being told he’ll think of her every day they’re parted even though to all indications that will be the rest of his goddamn life. Because she started out tolerating him but now she wants him.
And we all know what Hook said about when she starts wanting.